Police Question Ex-KPK Commissioner Bambang Widjojanto
Jakarta. Police on Thursday were questioning — and hinted at arresting — the non-active deputy of the Corruption Eradication Commission, Bambang Widjojanto, over his alleged role in persuading witnesses to commit perjury years ago.
“He has skipped our summons twice so we consider him as being uncooperative,” a source within the police’s detective unit told the Jakarta Globe on Thursday.
Previously a spokesman for the National Police’ detective unit, Victor Edison Simanjuntak, said Bambang had been detained after being questioned since Thursday morning.
“He will be held in the Mobile Brigade detention center in Kelapa Dua [in Depok, south of Jakarta],” Victor said, as quoted by Kompas.com.
It was not immediately clear if Bambang had indeed been officially arrested. An arrest warrant for Bambang was circulated online, but the Globe could not verify its authenticity.
Bambang was named a suspect by the police in January in a years-old perjury case. The suspended KPK commissioner is accused of persuading witnesses to provide false testimony during his time working as a defense lawyer in a local election dispute in 2010.
Police zeroed in on Bambang just one day after the police quietly inaugurated Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan as their deputy chief.
During his active duty, Bambang and non-active KPK chairman Abraham Samad named Budi a corruption suspect, forcing President Joko Widodo to drop Budi’s nomination as the National Police chief.
The National Police’s chief detective, Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso, who was a close aide of Budi Gunawan, has said the police would not refrain from pursuing criminal charges against officials of the respected anti-graft body.
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Source: The Jakarta Globe